drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2009
at GTMW ’09. pour murky gold with no head. aroma of ash, yeasty, citrusy. flavors are ash, dry, yeasty, esters, grainy. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2009
(Cask) Pours a murky amber body with a spare white head. Aroma of pineapple, florals, grass, honey, and herbs. Flavor of grass, herbal, citrus, florals, and subtle wood undertones. DrnkMcDermott (3122) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2009
Beer #16 at GTMW ’09, on cask at the Real Ale Tent. Considering how many branches our ash tree is shedding, I may want to know if I can use the wood like this. Cloudy, orangey-brown color, no head at all. The foam went right up my nose when I tried to smell it (occupational hazard). But I mostly get some light, likely American hop. Definitely an good example of a cask beer. Since I’ve not been hit in the mouth with a baseball bat, I can’t quite say what ash tastes like. But there’s a decent wood quality, not as pronounced as oak, but it helps keep me interested. MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2009
Murky off orange color w/ a whispy white head. Lots of sweet fruits maybe passion fruit & mango in teh flavor good piece of hops which dominate. Some light char’d wood notes come through in the aftertaste. Palate is well coated and lightly creamy. A very nice beer. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Sampled at GTMW 2009 (Madison, WI). Pours a hazy dark gold, a few orange notes, natural small bubbly head. Aromas are Cynic to a T. Beglain yeast light, pear, apple, light with subtle ash notes that dry and add slight spice. Citrus notes come out a bit more in this version, fruit forward.. Maybe the ash killed out the yeasty qualities a bit more? Sessionable, smooth, and well flavored. Finish slight spice, dry, and fruity. Very mild bitterness.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Real ale tent at GTMW 09. A hazy gold color with a generous head. Similar to Cynic in aroma but with a distinct woody character. A light woody character in the body that was a pleasant addition. I’d like to see more wood aging like this. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2009
Fobab VI. Called Ashy Cynic, aged on Ash and not oak. Had a much milder wood flavor than oak would generally force out. Distinctly lemony and spicy. I actually prefer this to normal cynic as it is lighter tasting, less yeasty and more lemony and refreshing. Hazy orange colored with a nose of spice and a touch of banana. Not much wood in the nose. Whatever it is, the aging has mellowed this one into a very nice amalgamation of spice, lemon and sweetness. Very nice. DalzAle (2038) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2009
On tap tonight at The Blue Nile. Pour was a hazy and frothy orange color with slight citrus aroma. Flavor was of funky farmhouse yeast, honey and finished flowery with a very creamy mouthfeel. Overall very good and I actually preffer over the regular cynic. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2009
On tap at FoBAB. Poured slightly hazy medium golden with a short cap of white head. The aroma picked up sweeter light fruits, clover honey, and pale malts with pineapple and woody accents.. OK. The flavor found tangy lighter fruits and heavy ash over sweeter caramel and floral notes.. finished kinda sour and very woody. Medium-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. decent spicage and OK feel.. the ash was a bit much. Skyview (6093) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2009
On cask and drawn at Grumpy’s NE bar in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Pours a hazy light golden orange brew with a thick and creamy white head that stays with the beer and excellent lacing. Aroma of mild banana esters, apricot, pineapple, peach, honey and light golden multi-grain malt. Taste is close to the regular CynicAle with slight dry herb flavor. Finish continues a semi-dry aftertaste with some light lemon zest and wood character. Not as smooth as the oak aged version but still memorable.